As a world-class urban research university, Wayne State is one of the nation's pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world.

Located in the heart of Midtown in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University is a center of excellence for urban and community-based research. WSU is one of only two U.S. public universities to hold both the "Highest Research Activity" (R1) and "Community Engagement" designations from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Mike Ilitch School of Business students benefit from faculty members who are experts in their fields of research, who add to the body of business knowledge, train Ph.D. students and receive acknowledgement of excellence in their endeavors through awards, honors, invited presentations and peer-reviewed publishing. Ilitch School faculty help Wayne State take its place among the premier higher education institutions in the world. 

Institute for Leadership and Diversity (ILEAD)

The Institute for Leadership and Diversity (ILEAD) was created to integrate the Ilitch School's accelerating focus on organizational diversity and inclusive leadership.

In addition to providing innovative student, community and executive leadership education and development opportunities, ILEAD will consolidate and expand the Ilitch School's inclusive leadership service and research programs with business and community partners.

For more information, visit the ILEAD website or email

Research centers and institutes

In addition to other schools and colleges that conduct research, Wayne State University has several research centers and institutes focusing on academic and practical research.

These research bodies encourage innovative scholarship, provide societal services and strengthen Wayne State's performance as a nationally recognized research university.

Other research links

WSU Division of Research